Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Member, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
August 20, 2019

NR 19-05
Contact: 916-445-4081

Public Invited to Attend the 2019 Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearings in Sacramento on August 27, 2019

Sacramento – Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California's property taxes is invited to attend the Board of Equalization's (BOE) annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings in Sacramento on August 27, 2019.

"We are always looking for ways to better serve our taxpayers. We are here to help, so if you have recommendations or concerns, I urge you to participate in this hearing. All ideas are welcome, and taxpayers should take this opportunity to use their voices to be heard," said Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen.

When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019, scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

Where: 450 N Street, 1st Floor, Board Room, Sacramento, CA 95814

The hearing will be held to receive public input regarding property taxes. Those interested in attending are invited to contact the BOE Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office by calling 1-916-327-2217, or online. The hearings will also be broadcast live online.

Enacted in 1994, the Morgan Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights requires the BOE to ensure that the rights of California Taxpayers are protected during the assessment and collection of property taxes. The Board is required by law to conduct public Bill of Rights hearings annually and solicits input from taxpayers to help improve processes and to help the BOE in its constitutional duty to ensure uniformity among the 58 California counties.

While the County Assessor determines the value of locally assessable property for taxation purposes, the BOE has a distinct interest ensuring accurate valuations through its constitutional responsibility to promote uniformity in property assessments throughout the state.

Statewide uniformity is important because cost-sharing provisions for funding public schools require the state to make up the difference between statutory revenue guarantees and property tax proceeds. Underassessments increase a required state subsidy from the general fund.

Local government budgets depend upon the correct assessment of property to ensure revenues to help support local services like trash collection, elementary school funding, and to pay for parks and public safety.

Generally, California's property tax system generates approximately $67 billion in property tax revenue annually to fund schools and local government.

More information about the Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office and taxpayers' rights can be found online on the BOE's website.

State Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen represents nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Member Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation and is not considered written advice. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.